Monday, November 12, 2007

Manga Monday 51: Yotsuba&!

Yotsuba&! (Volume 1)
Kiyohiko Azuma
I finally got around to reading the critically-lauded Yotsuba&!, a comedy manga that follows a little girl (that would be Yotsuba) as she moves to a new house and neighborhood, and runs amok, making friends and causing mischief alike, but all the while spreading smiles and laughs to those she encounters. A lot of the comedy in the vignettes come from Yotsuba's reactions to things around her, as she's still a very young girl and doesn't understand a lot of things, let alone how she should act. Her facial expressions in particular are enough to get a laugh out of me sometimes, but she also says the most unexpected and most adorable things you could imagine when confronted with an air conditioner, an escalator, or something as simple as rain. This book is laugh-out-loud funny - something that I don't come across too often. I rarely laugh at movies or sitcoms, let alone books, but this is just the right tone, with perfectly-executed little moments that could incite laughter in the most cynical reader. This is probably nothing new for people who have read Kiyohiko Azuma's work previously, but this is a fantastic, ultra-cute book that will bring sunshine and rainbows to your day through the green-haired protagonist. A+

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